Water Polo Runs Win Streak to Three Straight With Sweep of Conn. College

Water Polo Runs Win Streak to Three Straight With Sweep of Conn. College

THE BASICS:

- Scores: Game One: MIT 19, Conn. College 11; Game Two: MIT 20, Conn. College 5

- Records: MIT (3-3); Conn. College (0-2)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (Zesiger Sports and Fitness Center Pool)

- The Lead: The MIT water polo team, ranked No. 7 in the latest CWPA Division III National Poll, ran its winning streak to three games following a sweep of Connecticut College on Saturday in the team's home opener doubleheader.

Game One
HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT got off to a slow start before eventually staking to a 4-3 lead heading into the second quarter. The Engineers extended that lead out to 8-5 at the half, followed by an 11-6 scoring run over the final two quarters to come away with the eight-goal win over the Camels.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- In a balanced offensive attack, 10 different players found the back of the net and seven posted multiple goals in the game. Leading the way with three goals each were junior Luka Knezevic (Zagreb, Croatia) and sophomore Clyde Huibregtse (New York, N.Y.), while Knezevic added a team-best six assists. Sophomore Ward Weldon (Honolulu, Hawaii) also added two goals and three assists with one field block and one ejection.

- Sophomore Hayden Niederreiter (Visalia, Calif.) made seven saves in goal to go along with one assist and one steal.

- Overall, MIT had 15 assists on its 19 goals while drawing three ejections and posting a pair of field blocks.

Game Two
HOW IT HAPPENED:

- In the first quarter, MIT took a quick 1-0 lead before the Camels answered and led by a 3-2 margin after the opening eight minutes. That was short-lived though as the Engineers took control in the second quarter and outscored Conn. College 18-2 over the remainder of the contest to complete the sweep. MIT held the Camels scoreless in the fourth quarter as the defense clamped down in a period where the Engineers held a 7-0 scoring advantage.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

- Knezivci added a hat trick and an assist, while freshman Evan Kim (Irvine, Calif.) had three goals and an assist and sophomore Pat Stefanou (Old Greenwich, Conn.) had three goals on four shots with an assist. After a hat trick in game one, Huibregtse also added two assists and three steals in the win.

- Overall, MIT had 12 steals in the game while the Engineers posted assists on nine of the team's 20 goals.

- In net, Niederreiter made six stops in the first half, followed by freshman Miguel Lamar (Miami, Fla.) in the second as he turned aside seven shots and had one assist while allowing just one goal. 

UP NEXT:

- MIT is back in action next weekend as the Engineers travel to UC Davis for a five-game trip to the Davis Invitational on September 15-17.

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